Jogger pants need to have a tight and tailored fit in order to be worn correctly. Getting the right size of jogger pants is important to achieve the tailored look that joggers are meant to have.

Your joggers should fit snug around the waist, so that the pants can be held up by the elastic waistband without using the drawstring. 

The joggers should be snug and outline the shape of your legs as they taper down towards your ankles. 

The elastic band at the bottom of the joggers should fit snug around your ankle and should finish 4 to 6 cm above your ankle bone.

Our full guide how are joggers supposed to fit is a must read.

Joggers can be styled with a variety of different clothing and can be worn to the gym, grocery store, or even to the office!

Continue reading our article to learn how to find the right size joggers for you.

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What Size Joggers Should I Get

What Size Joggers Should I Get?

The size of the joggers you want to get mostly depends on how you want to use them. If you want to wear your joggers as a business casual outfit to the office, then you should get a very tapered slim size. If you are looking to wear your joggers on runs or to the gym, then you want to get a relaxed fit with a slightly thicker material. If you are looking for joggers to lounge around the house in, then you might prefer a looser fitting pair of joggers. 

You will also want to consider the following factors when finding the right size for your joggers:

  • Your joggers should end slightly above your ankle bone. If the bottom of your joggers can touch your shoes, your joggers are far too long (learn how to hem your joggers.)
  • Your joggers should have a tapered fit around your leg and should show the outline of your legs clearly.
  • Your joggers should not be loose around the ankles. 
  • You should have a good range of motion and be able to move freely when wearing your joggers, especially if you are looking to exercise in them. 
  • Your joggers should comfortably sit on your hips, unless they are high waisted in which case they should sit comfortably at your waist. 
  • The elastic waistband on your joggers should be able to hold your pants up without the drawstring being tried (read how to put string back in joggers if you lose it.)

What are joggers?

Joggers are slim fitting pants that are usually made from a cotton or polyester blend and come in a variety of different colors and styles. 

Joggers typically have an elastic waistband with a drawstring, and are tapered down the leg, finishing with elastic cuffs at the bottom of the pants. 

Joggers were originally designed as exercise pants for track athletes to wear as they prepared for the upcoming Olympic Games during the 1920s. European soccer players further developed the popularity of joggers when they started wearing them to warm up and play soccer in. 

Joggers have now become a trendy and versatile clothing garment that can be worn to the gym, dinner, or even to the office. 

Learn more with what are joggers?

The Different Types of Joggers

There are 4 different types of joggers:

1. Athletic Joggers

Athletic joggers are comfortable, stretchy, and usually come in solid color designs. Athletic joggers are lightweight and slim fitting, and are meant to be worn while exercising.

This is a infographic of athletic joggers

2. Lounge Joggers

Lounge joggers are super soft pants that are meant to be worn around the house while you cook dinner or watch Netflix.

This is a lounge jogger infographic

3. Everyday Joggers

Everyday joggers are versatile staple garments that can be worn with a number of different outfits for a variety of different occasions.

Check our guide how to style joggers and feel good all day long.

This is a lounge jogger infographic

4. Smart Joggers

Smart joggers are business casual joggers that can be worn to work if styled correctly. Although they have a much different fit, smart joggers have many of the same designs and patterns that suit pants have.

Check our guide how to dress up joggers and dress to impress.

This is a smart jogger infographic

What to wear with joggers

Joggers are versatile pieces of clothing that can be worn with a wide variety of different outfits. As a general rule, it is preferable to wear other fitted and tapered cuts along with your joggers, although there are a few exceptions to that.

Joggers can be worn as athleisure with a matching sweater or hoodie, but can also be worn to the office if paired with a knit wool sweater and leather shoes for example. 

How to wear joggers to work

Smart joggers can easily be dressed up to a business casual level which gives you the ability to be extra comfortable and stylish while at work. 

Some of the best items to pair with smart joggers for work are:

  • Knit wool sweaters
  • Biker/Bomber style leather jackets 
  • Bomber jackets
  • Relaxed fit linen shirts 
  • Leather shoes 
  • Low cut white sneakers
  • Blazers

Wanna get noticed at work? Check out our guide: How to wear joggers to work.

What shoes to wear with joggers

The bottom of your joggers should have space between them and your shoes, which means they are best paired with low cut footwear such as loafers, sneakers, mules, or leather shoes.

White shoes are always easy to pair with joggers, and can be worn with all 4 types of joggers. When wearing white shoes be sure to wash them properly and often.

Leather sneakers with white soles are also great shoes to pair with your joggers and go well with everyday joggers as well as smart joggers. 

Although white shoes are easiest to pair, you MUST have clean shoe laces. These are must read guides how to clean shoelaces & what shoes to wear with joggers.


If your joggers have the correct size they should gently hug your hips, follow the shape of your legs, and taper off tightly around your ankle. Joggers should have a tailored fit but should not restrict your range of motion. 

No, as long as you do not plan to shrink your joggers in the washing machine, then you should buy your natural size for joggers. Joggers are meant to be tight fitting, not baggy, which means you should not buy joggers in a size up. 

 A size L in joggers should fit a male who is between 5’11 and 6’1 (180 cm to 185cm) in height and who has a slender build.